Monday, May 16, 2011

May ABS Challenge Piece

This month's Art Bead Scene challenge piece is called:  Cache-cache (Hide-and-Seek), 1873, by Berthe Morisot, Oil on Canvas, 18 1/4" x 21 3/4".

Mom and I were thinking of basing our necklace off the Victorian top hat the woman is wearing but after talking with each other and designing the hat we decided that when we sawed out the hat from copper you would not be able to tell what it was.  So, mom decided to design something around the parasol.

As I said in yesterday's post mom was having a lot of difficulty designing a parasol and she about gave up, but she persevered and came up with a brilliant design.  Both of us are really happy with the way it all came out.  Yeah mom!

When I started to enamel the parasol mom said she didn't want it stark white, so I decided to add transparent rose pink to the white.  I always test the colors on the backside before I enamel the front side, so I had my fingers crossed that the pendant would look as good on the front as the back did.  Crossing my fingers paid off.

Mom wants to call this piece "Flirtatious" because there is a whole language in the use of the parasol.  Flirting is the adult version of hide and seek!

"Flirtatious" is accented with lace agate, fresh water pearls, our lampwork "Sugar" beads, and white lace ribbon.  The pendant is 20 gauge copper that mom sawed out and then I enameled.

I am using mom as a model so we can show you what the necklace looks like worn.  I am really happy with the way this turned out.  I think I am going to wrench out my shoulder trying to pat myself on the back.


  1. What a beautiful piece - you both should be very proud!

  2. Thanks Sandi! I think mom did a wonderful job sawing and coming up with the design and I am really happy with the enameling. We make a good team, when we aren't ready to kill each other :)

  3. Gorgeous! Flirtatious is perfect!!

  4. It's hard to believe she had a hard time with that parasol because it's perfect!!! The enamelis pretty awesome too!

  5. A really beautiful piece looks great with the sugar beads and pearls!

  6. Okay so you probably know this already but just in case I am screaming "I LOVE THIS NECKLACE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Love reading this post and the parasol is wonderful!!

  8. What a fantastic creation!! So lovely. Yes, by all means, pat yourself on the back!


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